Venice

Restaurants in Venice

It's easy to pay handsomely for a bad meal in Venice. There are lots of restaurants in Venice that target only tourists and meal prices stay high since the city consistently draws so many people from all over the world. Seafood in general is done very well and tasty tramezzini sandwiches can be found practically everywhere. Bacari, or bars serving food, are a great option for small plates and wine. After dinner, we recommend a walk down the piazza to Pasticceria Tonolo, a bakery that's been whipping up delicious cakes topped with crystallized fruits for more than 120 years. Here are three of the best restaurants in Venice among hundreds of options.

Al Pontil Dea Giudecca—This Venice restaurant serves only three lunch dishes that change daily. Their home-cooked Italian meals just may be one of the best you ever eat.
Anice Stellato—North of the city, this locally beloved bacaro serves perfectly spiced fish.
El Pecador—Based out of a red double-decker bus, El Pecador prepares some of the tastiest sandwiches in the city.

Venetians have strong opinions when it comes to their favorite bacaro (wine bar), where the cicheti (small plates similar to tapas) can be an appetizer or a dinner.

Venice’s most authentic osteria. Inside, patrons fill up on Venetian cicheti such as lightly spiced meatballs, a pre-dinner favorite.

Well-heeled tourists and visiting celebrities have been coming to Harry's Bar, a Venice institution, since Giuseppe Cipriani opened it right on the St. Mark's waterfront in 1931.

If you’re planning a picnic by the lagoon, stock up on provisions here. The delicatessen specializes in seafood to go: spiced couscous with mussels and eggplant, oyster platters, and swordfish croquettes.

The upscale pizzeria was created by Mara Martin, the chef at Da Fiore,
and her son, Damiano. Try the azazel pie with its layers of spicy
sausage, mozzarella, and chopped tomato.

Seafood specialties including homemade tagliolini with king prawns and asparagus.

Well-crafted dishes like house-made gnocchi with baby calamari and spider crab.